An expensive fragrance derived from the roots of the herb nardostachys jatamansi. The term appears twice in the Song of Solomon (Romans 1:12;
Romans 4:13-14) and in two of the gospel accounts of the woman anointing Jesus at Simon's house in Bethany (Mark 14:3;
John 12:3; “spikenard,” KJV). The disciples rebuked her for this action, stating that the ointment could have been sold for a sizeable sum and the proceeds donated to the poor.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'NARD'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".